“I Didn’t Think At All”

October 27th, 2010

After the Bucs were slapped around by the Saints, Gerald McCoy revealed he was so focused on being in position that he was playing more like a programmed robot than a defensive football player.

And Raheem Morris was on his case to shed blocks and make tackles.

Come Sunday against the Rams, McCoy said he finally played instinctive football.

“This week I didn’t think at all. Once we got to play. I knew what I had to do and let it go,” McCoy said on WDAE-AM 620 Tuesday night. “On the film, it’s clear to see how much differently I was playing [from previous weeks]. I was getting off the ball. I was getting off blocks. I was in the backfield. …It was my best game as a Buc. It was something I should have been doing from the jump, but like I said there was some confusion on my part. But I’ll continue to build on this and just get better each week.”

McCoy went on to chat about some of his weekly challenges, including dealing with savvy moves from experienced offensive linemen.

“There are some seasoned vets. There’s the vets who are just considered vets because they’ve been playing more than a year or two. But not all vets make the vet moves. There are some things that happen out there on the field where you’re like, ‘My gosh. I didn’t know that was possible. I never thought that offensive linemen did that,'” McCoy said.

“Like one thing that never happened to me in college that has happened to me here is as soon as the ball is snapped, offensive linemen whose arms are long enough, they just immediately put their hands in your face. On your face mask. It’s kind of like when you watch baskeball and Kobe Bryant is shooting, and when he goes to shoot they put the hand in his face instead of trying to block his shot. And they cover his face so he can’t see the goal. It’s kind of like that. They immediately hit you in your face and then it kind of throws you off a little bit. That’s never happened to me. That’s kind of a vet move that offensive linemen have used.”

As for the huge pile of trash talk that comes McCoy’s way during games, the Bucs’ defensive tackle says he never responds to it.

McCoy also said he was planning to attend a charity Halloween event last night dressed as Darth Vader. “It’s the only costume that fit me,” McCoy said.

14 Responses to ““I Didn’t Think At All””

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    When I read the title of the article I thought it was going to be a story on Jerramy Stevens.

  2. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I was a good show (on 620WDAE).

  3. Teddy Says:

    So, now we’ll see if Todd Wash knows his stuff at all.

    GMC: What’s the first thing I should do if an OL puts his hand in my face?

    TW: Grab his wrist with your opposite side hand and pull down while forcefully jamming the palm of your same-side hand upwards into his elbow and dislocate the f#&king thing. That’ll end the face guarding by the offensive linemen in a hurry.

  4. Fire Greg Olson! Says:

    Whoever typed the words “Coby Bryant” should lose their job immediately….

  5. Danny Cap Says:

    HAHA, Agreed.

  6. OAR Says:

    Eh, with a middle name like Bean, I’d misspell his first name too!

  7. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Ease up, fellas. Spellcheck will do some funny things sometimes.

  8. sunrisejeff Says:

    Although the numbers didnt show up on the stat sheet he did look more disruptive than I’ve seen him look up to this point. This game against Arizona will be a good game for him to break out imo. Reports are that Max Hall is cleared to practice so will more than likely be the starter and with the confusion the Tampa 2 can cause for young QB’s he may hold on to the ball a little to long.

  9. OAR Says:

    No biggie to me. His name is worth misspelling! Kobe Bean Byrant. Wonder if they called him Garbanzo or Lima in school?

  10. gitarlvr Says:

    lightningBuc- LOL MAN!

  11. TrueBlue Says:

    What I want to know is why didn’t Bucs linemen put their “veteran move” hands in his face all through practice camp and training? Why is this new to him? Does he not get proper coaching? Surely someone can point out what veterans do to disrupt things.

  12. Fire Greg Olson! Says:

    admin Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Joe here,

    Ease up, fellas. Spellcheck will do some funny things sometimes.


    LOL…and proofreading can do wonders…

  13. Larry Says:

    Speaking of McCoy getting sacks, that picture says it all.

  14. Tampa2 Says:

    McCoy is probably more visible in his Darth Vader costume than he is on game day! I go along with Trueblue. Didn’t anyone coach this kid and tell him what to expect? Hmm. Oops, that’s the DC’s responsibility, isn’t it? And we all know that the HC will not fire this sorry a$$ DC.